With summer quickly approaching, thoughts of long days and warm nights are sure to lure you into outdoor activities and carefree. University Health Services, St. Vincent’s at Samford would like for your summer to be safe and healthy as you enjoy the upcoming months.
1. Always drink plenty of fluids before and during any activity in hot, sunny weather.
2. When outdoors wear light-colored loose clothing and only participate in heavy activity before noon or after 6 p.m.
3. If you feel overheated come indoors immediately!
4. Remember “Slip, Slap, Slop!” Slip on a shirt, Slap on a hat and sunglasses, and Slop on some sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
5. To prevent insect stings, avoid using scented soaps, perfumes, or hair spray.
6. Strains and Sprains can be prevented by warming up properly, stretching, and wearing protective equipment.
7. Always swim with a buddy to avoid accidents. If you don’t know how to swim this is a good time to take lessons and learn!
8. Only swim in supervised areas, obey all posted signs and rules for the pool, lake, or beach. Avoid swimming and drinking alcohol and pay attention to all weather forecasts.
9. When boating, follow all safety guidelines and beach regulations. Be aware of weather and water current patterns. Check all boating equipment before heading out and let someone know when you expect to return!
10. Bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes transmit the most cases of rabies. Any animal bite that scratches the surface can cause infection. Make sure you are up to date on your tetanus shot and steer clear of wild or stray animals.